Justin Bieber “sucked it up” for his first tattoo

Justin Bieber getting a tattoo.It looks like Justin Bieber is trying to shed that girly image and get a little more punk. Pictures surfaced a while back of Bieber getting a tattoo in that manliest of places, the left hip. Okay, so none of this gets the guy stamp of approval, but at least Bieber wasn’t a bitch about it.

Brian Byrne, co-owner of Son of a Gun Tattoo in Toronto, said Bieber kept his cool under the needle. “It was a 16th birthday tattoo,” Byrne said. “I guess his dad has it, and one of his uncles. It’s the outline of the seagull from Jonathan Livingston Seagull.” Wow, that’s really…neat.

Byrne doesn’t often do tattoos on minors. In fact, he has pretty strict policies about it. “Our rule at the shop is: no necks, no hands, unless you’re over 25; and you don’t get tattooed at all unless you’re 18 years old.” If you have a parent present, he’s willing to bend the rules. It also helps if that parent is a childhood friend, as was the case with Justin.

Source: MTV News


Try a Hot Towel Mask for heavy beards

Real Shaving Company kit.Trying to get a smooth shave with a heavy beard can be, well, painful. Even the best razors in the world often won’t stand up to the task, and for some guys there isn’t enough pre-shave oil in the world to keep the razor burn away. So how do you get that barber-close shave when you can’t get to the shop?

The Bachelor Guy recently got a look at the Real Shaving Company’s Hot Towel Mask and he was totally impressed. This is a guy who has tried just about every shaving product in the world, most of which are far more expensive than the RSC’s solution. Here’s what he had to say:

The Hot Towel Mask is paraben-free and contains Vitamin E, zinc oxide and tea tree leaf, and an ingredient that reacts when in contact with water. So when you wet your face and rub this stuff in, you get a real warming sensation as the minerals soften and lift your whiskers, getting them ready for the razor.

I left the mask on (and let me mention that it’s not like the mask your girl puts on, all thick and muddy… it’s a thin white layer that looks like soap), for the suggested 5 minutes, rinsed it off, and applied my usual shaving cream. (They sent theirs, but I wanted to test the mask’s effects shave for shave.)

The result? One of the closest shaves I’ve had in a long time. And that includes using top-of-the-line pre-shave oils. Which cost considerably more than the Hot Towel Mask’s $5.99 MSRP. (And it’s also part of the complete travel shaving kit pictured, which also includes the Daily Face Scrub, Shave Cream and Soothing Balm, for only $11.99)

The only drawback is that this stuff can be hard to find outside New Jersey and New York. You should be able to find Real Shaving Company’s Hot Towel Mask at Amazon.


Braun bodycruZer review

One of the new trends in men’s grooming involves grooming below the neck. In today’s world, women are definitely trimming and shaving more, and many of them expect the same from the guys they date.

With this in mind, check out this review of the Braun bodycruZer, pictured above.

We put the bodycruZer through the paces and were impressed:

* First, the bodycruZer uses Gillette Fusion blades, so you get top-of-the-line shaving technology and many of you the blades will be compatible with your everyday razor.
* With wet & dry shaving, the bodycruZer is very convenient.
* It’s easy to use. Braun did a great job designing this product, and the device has a very natural feel.
* The bodycruZer has multiple comb attachments, so you can tailor it to your own grooming needs. For example, some guys just want to trim things up a bit, and there’s an appropriate attachment for them. It has all the tools to help a guy take care of things in a way that will make his gal pal happy.
* It has cordless operation of up to 50 minutes.

Bottom line – the Braun bodycruZer has all the tools you need with maximum flexibility.

If this is all new to you, don’t be surprised if your lady nudges you in this direction. Braun and others have tried to educate consumers about this, and they put together this video from hot babe Emmanuelle Chriqui and her bodycruZade to explain this whole grooming thing for you.


Queen Latifah grew up above a barbershop in New Jersey

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Rapper/actor Common and singer/actress Queen Latifah attend the premiere of “Just Wright” at Ziegfeld Theatre on May 4, 2010 in New York City.

Queen Latifah offered up an interesting tidbit about her life when discussing the new movie.

Queen Latifah isn’t just playing a Nets fan in the new film “Just Wright,” which opens Friday. The Newark native has been one all her life.

“I used to live over a barbershop when I moved to East Orange. It was called Modern Era Barbers,” says the rapper-singer-actress.

“And Darryl Dawkins, who used to play for the Nets — who was also the first person to shatter a backboard — used to come and get his hair cut there. So it was very exciting to see an NBA player come around the way to get his hair cut. When that white Mercedes pulled up right in front of my house, I knew he was downstairs. And he signed a poster for me. I had it on my wall growing up. So I’ve always been kind of a Nets fan.”


The Art of Shaving Barber Spa

What is this place? According to their website:

The Art of Shaving Barber Spa is a unique concept that combines traditional barber services with aromatherapy skin treatments. For the ultimate indulgence, experience our renowned Royal Shave, scissor haircut, or skin treatment performed by our expertly trained master barbers in the luxurious surroundings of our shops.

They now have locations all around the country.

Chalk this up as one of the new barbershop trends – mixing the old with the new.

The old Business 2.0 did an article in this new combination several years ago.

THE MANHATTAN BLOCK THAT HOUSES THE ART of Shaving’s flagship store is a preppy paradise. The main Brooks Brothers store is down the street, the Yale Club just around the corner. Inside the boutique, barbers wield horn-handled straight razors and badger-hair brushes, then soothe customers’ faces with postshave clay masks. An hour later the newly shaven emerge with shopping bags full of sandalwood-scented aftershaves, lemony preshave oils, and nickel-handled razors, hoping to re-create the experience at home.

Part barbershop and part pampering spa, the Art of Shaving is pouncing on the fast-growing men’s grooming trend by appealing to consumer nostalgia. Its 10 retail outlets–five of which have onsite barbers–are dedicated to making men better shavers by getting them to trade in their Barbasol. Though several premium shaving brands have emerged during the past few years, the Art of Shaving is by far the most successful. Last year the company booked a 15 percent net profit margin on more than $15 million in sales–half of which came from upscale department stores like Neiman Marcus–pulling past hipper brands like $3 million Sharps Barber & Shop and traditional lines like Truefitt & Hill. Now, with plans to open 40 more U.S. stores during the next two years, husband-and-wife founders Eric Malka and Myriam Zaoui think the Art of Shaving’s retro appeal can easily win over mainstream buyers. “You’d be surprised how often customers refer to their fathers and grandfathers,” Malka says. “That’s as emotional as it gets.”

Give us your thoughts if you’ve checked it out, but we’re all for new ideas in this area.


Will he stay or will he go? The LeBron James soap opera begins . . .

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You can bet that LeBron James and his impending free agency will be a big topic of discussion all through the summer in barbershops around the country. This topic will get even more discussion in places like Cleveland, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Miami as their teams have a reasonable shot at landing the superstar.

Many Cleveland fans characterize it as a question of character.

John Paulsen explains that leaving, like quitting, will be the easy thing for LeBron to do. There are also some bizarre rumors flying around.

Bill Simmons goes on a typical rant.

Kelly Dwyer let’s LeBron have it.

What do you think?


The Gordon Gekko look will be back soon

Michael Douglas had one of the more memorable hairstyles in movie history when he sported the slicked-back look in “Wall Street” back in 1987. Well, get ready for that look again, as Douglas reprises his role as Gordon Gekko in the sequel that just premiered at Cannes.

It doesn’t look like he wears it through the whole movie however. Here’s the trailer.

You can bet this film will start some barbershop discussions!


6 timeless hairstyles for men

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Actor Johnny Depp is showing off one of the six timeless hairstyles for men according to AskMen.com. This one is called “The Shag.” Others wearing this style include John Lennon and Owen Wilson.

Others on the list include:

Natural side part – worn by George Clooney, Daniel Craig, and Steve McQueen

Crew cut/buzz cut – worn by David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Sidney Poitier, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z

Slicked back – worn by Jimmy Stewart, Sean Connery and Leonardo DiCaprio

Quiff – worn by James Dean, Rock Hudson, Conan O’Brien, Elvis Presley and Morrissey

Side swept – worn by Michael Caine and Cary Grant

Check out the full article as it describes the history of each hairstyle.


The barber to the baseball stars

Here’s an inspiring story of a barber who caters to major league baseball players and other superstar athletes and he does it mostly on the run! Angel Lucas Pena worked his way into one of the most prolific circles for a any business person, let alone a barber, by being aggressive and being really good at those haircuts. Read how a great haircut for Red Sox player David Ortiz turned into boom times for Mr. Pena!

You won’t find Pena’s name in a program or media guide. He has no background in baseball and is not a trainer, team executive or agent, but he is trusted by virtually every star in the game. Pena, nicknamed “Monster99,” is the barber of baseball.

“Everybody around the league knows who he is, and everybody loves him,” says Ortiz, who has a barber chair in his garage courtesy of Pena. “Everybody is cool with him because he’s so cool. I’m telling you, he’s got a relationship with everyone.”

Pena, a 33-year-old product of New York City, has a contact list that would make agent Scott Boras envious.

In the last few months, he has cut the hair of a wide array of baseball luminaries. From players such as Ryan Braun, Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder, Ryan Howard, Torii Hunter, Matt Kemp, Cliff Lee, Tim Lincecum, Manny Ramirez, CC Sabathia and Justin Upton to Hall of Famers Yogi Berra and Reggie Jackson to Chicago White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen to New York Mets general manager Omar Minaya.

Great story!


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